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Proton beam therapy for pediatric malignancies



Proton beam therapy for pediatric malignancies



Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing 19(5): 521-523



Although major advances have been made in radiation techniques, concerns still exist about the treatment-related acute and long-term side effects. This issue is most notable in the pediatric population because of developing organs and tissues combined with longer life expectancies. Proton beam therapy has the advantage of a reduced dose of radiation with less scatter to normal tissue, which may lead to fewer adverse side effects.
AT A GLANCE: Many pediatric patients with cancer receive radiation therapy.Radiation treatments can cause significant acute and long-term side effects.Proton beam therapy reduces radiation scatter to normal tissues and may decrease acute and late toxicities.

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DOI: 10.1188/15.CJON.521-523


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